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Gerald Kirangama

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Africa does not need any more aid to develop, it needs moral support and guidance to harness her resources to develop

Since the days of colonialism, western countries have always had an obligation to support former colonial territories in term of development. Colonial governments set up social, political and economic structures.
However, after independence, we were not trained how to manage and develop the resources we had.
They have injected billions of dollars funding various development projects. Irrespective of all this, African counties especially sub- saran Africa, has gotten even worse. Corruption and mismanagement of public funds, assets and resources is becoming the order of the day.
The reason for this is partly because we are just given resources whose value we do not know because we do not work for them. Recently, the US ambassador to Uganda said they would massively cut on direct budgetary support to the country in order to look at financial crisis back home. As humans, we mostly look after what we value, and we mostly value what we work hard for.
And i totally agree. What do you say about this?

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    Dec 16 2011: One of the key problems of Africa is…democracy. Right?


    The social structures of most communities in this continent were much smaller than the one in Western Countries. Or at least the basic social structures were.Therefore, changing from those structures to democracy at a country level in only few dozen of years leads to major issues.

    In a system were the head was responsible for the distribution of responsibility, task, resources and the peace-maker, new head of government do so. Even when they know, in theory, that they are supposed to manage only the executive, it is culturally impossible for them to limit themselves to this. They want to keep the system continuity which is view as the bases of the peace!

    The head start to share resources (money, business opportunities, and government positions) among community leaders according to their influence. Those leaders repeat the process in their own community. The problem (further the legal one) is that when you are not in a community you are excluded from the all process.
    In my opinion surprisingly the best transition to efficient democratic and economic transition were made in constitutional monarchy or country where someone has been leading for decades. Unfair but more efficient!

    So if we want to help countries to develop we should focus on creating the enHow can we change that? With foreign aid?

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